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Exordium

This document identifies the structure and format of every Request Modification (RM) and specifically states the original purpose for the dictation of what began as an idealist's dream and ended as a series of documents identical to this one, all of which are fit to govern a mass population without either the use of force or the use of mind control.

I
The structure and format of a Request Modification (RM)

The idea of a Request Modification, referred to henceforth as RM, is loosely based on the already functioning Internet Request For Comments (RFC) memos created and initially written by the late Jon Postel. The organizational structure and purpose of the RFC memos was (and still is) very appropriate and fitting to the task accomplished by the RM documents. In both cases, a series of man-made text documents are used as a basis for the operation of a large network that requires interoperability, stability, and reliable delivery of promised services. In the case of the RFC memos, the network is a mechanical assortment of computerized internetworking devices of various age and specification, linked by common logical standards. In the case of the RM documents, the network is that of humanity itself. The human network requires the same ideal conditions as that of the mechnical network, though the human network is prone to necessary diversion in the course of its execution.

All RM documents should follow the same identical layout. That layout consists of stating the RM document number at the top of the document, as well as spelling the RM document number in traditional alphabetical phrasing on the second line of the document. There should be one blank line between the number statement and the declaration of the introduction, which shall be called an exordium. The exordium should contain a very brief statement of purpose or summary in regards to the document that follows. The remaining document should be divided into sections as the content topic evolves or shifts. The sections should each be labeled by ancient Roman numerals (I, II, III, IV, V, etc.) On the line of text directly following the Roman numeral declaration of section, there should exist an italic title appropriate to the content of the section. Then, a blank line. The remaining portion of the section should contain content appropriate to the title of the section, divided by one blank line between paragraphs. This arrangement allows for a slight altering of topic without the need for the creation of an entirely new section.

The data format of all RM documents should be in the form of the universal Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and should contain no graphical images, animation, audio or video content, or server-generated data. Each RM document should be HTML text alone, with no enhancements or additions. Despite the rather versatile nature of HTML, RM documents aim to remain less complex for both technical and aesthetical reasons. Text places less of a load on most networked equipment and transportation lines in terms of speed of content delivery and disk storage space. These factors were considered when initially designing the RM document format.

II
The purpose of RM document creation

When the forefathers of the United States of America originally dictated their structure for a new society based on the idea that each citizen should participate in the election of governmental officials to positions of power, they wrote with the best knowledge of the era, using the best dictation tools of the era. Needless to say, humanity has evolved beyond merely the pen and parchment method of dictation. Today, data can be seemlessly transferred and copied with only a keystroke and a moment's wait. This allows information to propagate much more quickly and with more accuracy than ever before. In virtually all cases, no information on the copy status of any one document can be determined from simply viewing the document itself. In theory, the digital data becomes priceless and loses the ability to weather or age.

The Constitution of the United States of America is an aging and weathered document which should be destroyed and replaced with a more appropriate medium of government based not on paper, but on theory and ideal. Since brain-to-brain communication is not yet feasible, the most effective means of eternalizing an idea in the form of tangible data is in the digital realm.

The RM documents were created not with idea of forever governing a population, but with the idea to organize and structure a population such that the future is secure, regardless of what government holds power at any given time in future conditions. While it is hopeful that many ideals and "customs" (if they can loosely be called as such) will be transferred from digital data to habitual living, it is undoubtedly certain one or more groups of persons living under the influence of the RM documents will see it necessary to cease such living arrangements and immediately foster their own arrangement, regardless of how contrary that arrangement is to the structure and organization outlined in the RM documents. Whether the change of arrangement is for the advancement of society as needed to accommodate new technology and idea, or whether the change signals the reorganization of society into more feudal and capitalistic forms such as that of the conditions under which the RM documents were written, really is of no consequence. The important issue at hand is whether the RM documents should survive the new structure. Most likely, the RM documents would inevitably survive the new structure simply because of the nature of the medium, but the new structure must be analyzed to allow possible accommodation of RM document ideals into that new structure. Inevitably, the idea of the RM documents will fall. It can only be hoped the influence of these documents will be felt and heard in the structure which shall replace us.
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but brain to brain communication is possible! It's called "talking" (or alternately writing).

HTML isn't nearly as universal as plain ascii text.

what is needed more than documentation for "some social change" is a good plan - and a waldenesque plan would be based on some proven scientific methodology (i.e. the ABAB single subject research design) and would have publishable, hopefully repeatable, results.

You might want to look into experiments about self-control. If you could create a way for people to: quit smoking, eat better/less, exercise more, watch less/no television, be happier, etc. then we'd all be the richer for it.